One day in Tulsa, Oklahoma Ponyboy was walking home from the movies. Ponyboy notices that a car starts to follow him so he starts to walk faster, but the people in the car caught up to him and jumped Ponyboy. Then the people are chased off by some of Ponyboy’s friends.
Ponyboy goes to a drive-in movie with Johnny, Dally, and Two-Bit. At the drive-in Cherry Valance and Marcia are there. Dally Messes with the girls and Johnny stops him. The people there talk.
When the movie was over Cherry and Marcia didn't have a way to get home so Two-Bit offered to walk them home and they walk to Two-Bit's house to get their car and Two-Bit drives all of them home. A blue Mustang goes by and it is Cherry and Marcia's boyfriends and they want to start a fight, but Cherry stops it from happening. Johnny and Pony fall asleep at the lot and when Pony goes home he ends up getting hit by Darry and he runs away.
After Darry hit Pony he went to Johnny and said to him that they are running away. At the park, Bob, Cherry's boyfriend, and a couple of his friends are mad and came to beat them up. They almost drown Pony and then Johnny killed Bob and they all ran. Then they went to get help to run away, get a place to stay and get money.
Johnny and Pony are in an old church hiding out. Johnny goes out and buys cards, food, and a book. Johnny convinces Pony that they have to change their looks. Dally comes with letters and bring them out to eat.
Dally, Johnny, and Pony are at a Dairy Queen and while they are talking Johnny says that he is going to turn himself in. Pony and Darry are surprised by this. They went to the church and it was on fire. Someone came up the hill the church and said there wasn’t all the kids. Pony and Johnny go in and get all of the kids out but Johnny got badly injured.